Mike Monteiro is the co-founder and design director of Mule Design, an interactive design studio whose work has been called “delightfully hostile” by the New Yorker. In his collaboration with 20×200 + west elm, Mike adds to his series of black and white typographic one-liners.
Laugh at every joke. by Mike Monteiro. Frame: 12″ x 10″; mat opening 10″ x 8″.
ARTIST Q&A: Mike Monteiro
Tell us about your work:
I love telling stories. Mostly about the awkward moments we’d rather forget about. I believe truth and beauty lie in the moments that make us avoid other people: Barging in on your parents. Finding your grandmother’s mustache wax. Receiving a Christmas present that was meant for a dead sibling. Realizing your girlfriend has put on your mother’s bra by mistake.
How do you live with art?
Art and I have a marriage of convenience. I don’t like her, she doesn’t like me. But we stay together out of habit and obligation. I dream of the day I walk out that door and never come back, knowing full well that I’ll never have the courage to do so.
What is a favorite gallery or museum that you particularly love or that inspires your work?
I have no feelings towards museums and galleries. I might feel inspired to go see someone’s work in particular, but mostly I enjoy looking at people while they look at art. They are trying so hard.
Tell us about what it’s like to work with 20×200 as an artist.
20×200 is a pure joy to work with. They respect their artists and their buyers equally. They’re always on the lookout for good work, and you get the sense that they really like the work they’re selling. They’re passionate about what they do, and it shows through in every aspect of their organization.
For more about Mike, visit 20×200.